Nashville-based award-winning, Juilliard-educated Annie Moses Band, known for its impeccable artistry and genre-defying music, announces today the upcoming schedule of special performances for this year's Annie Moses Summer Music Festival. Now in its 16th year, this highly anticipated, week-long performing arts intensive, which draws young musicians from across the country, will take place July 14 - 20 at The Factory at Franklin (conveniently located just south of Music City) and at other premier Nashville area performance venues.
Recognized as the flagship event and the centerpiece for the band's vision for the arts and mission of the Annie Moses Band's music education 501C3 non-profit Annie Moses Foundation, the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival offers exceptional instruction, as well as live performance opportunities designed to give students life-changing experiences on professional stages.
The Annie Moses Summer Music Festival was founded by the Annie Moses Band, whose members write, direct and arrange the performances for the 150+ young performers who will gather to put on four original shows over a single week. Every student is cast in at least two of these shows, each arranged by nationally recognized composers/arrangers, and given customized parts for their featured moments.
"Seeing the transformation in our students and in these families is the greatest privilege we've experienced as musicians," shares Annie Dupre, founder, lead vocalist and violinist of Annie Moses Band. "Our grandmother, Annie Moses, passed on a legacy to us. That same legacy of faith, family and music lives on in the voices of these young artists."
This year's final show, Trailblazers: Prodigy On Mission, brings all of the students together in one epic performance hosted by best-selling author, acclaimed television host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has long been a key supporter of the arts in education. This colorful and inspiring portrait of moments and melodies that made this nation great, from the Civil War to the Greatest Generation, will be recorded live at Trinity Broadcasting Network's Huckabee Theater and for the first time will be released as a special at a later date to be announced.
The gala, as well as all of the showcases that week, will feature special performances by exceptional young artists, many of whom are from families who have relocated to the Nashville area in order to participate in the Conservatory of Annie Moses' artist development program. Robin Wolaver, artistic director of the Conservatory, states, "The Conservatory of Annie Moses is designed to create a new generation of young artists to populate the world of the arts with godly excellence, one family at a time. That means more than just lessons. It means technique that empowers personal creativity worthy of professional launch."
Benjamin Wolaver, Annie Moses Band Cellist and Director of Development, Annie Moses Foundation, adds, "There is an amazing caliber to the young artists and families who have been trained and mentored as part of the Conservatory of Annie Moses program and Festival. They are fantastic performers whose families are living out the ethos of faith, family and music coming together."
The full, Annie Moses Summer Music Festival performance schedule, follows:
Fifty States of Mind, a virtual road-trip from New York to California that celebrates these United States through musical theater, drama and iconic music.
Time: 7:00 p.m. - Location: Jamison Theater, 230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Damascus, an original musical featuring the Younger Division (ages 6-11) that narrates the epic (and humorous) tale of Saul of Tarsus, who became the Apostle Paul.
Time: 5:00 p.m. - Location: Mockingbird Theater, 230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
For The Life of Me, a poignant look at the music, stories and histories that make us who we are.
Time: 7:30 p.m. - Location: Jamison Theater, 230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
July 20: (Grand Finale)
Trailblazers: Prodigy On Mission, a vibrant exploration of the moments and melodies that shaped our nation, featuring special guest and Master of Ceremonies, Governor Mike Huckabee.
Time: 7:00 p.m. - Location: Huckabee Theater, 30 Music Village Blvd., Hendersonville, TN 37075
To view the official Annie Moses Summer Music Festival Trailer, go tohttps://vimeo.com/310600756.
To see testimonials from Annie Moses Foundation students, visithttps://vimeo.com/303104060.
About Annie Moses Band
Genre-defying and unforgettable, the Annie Moses Band has been thrilling audiences for over a decade with a sweeping virtuosity and musical spirit that remains bright and poignant. Named for their great-grandmother, the all-sibling, Juilliard-educated ensemble enchants with electrifying instrumental flair, rich arrangements and shimmering layered vocals. Having graced the stages of Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry House, the band's Warner Bros. album "American Rhapsody" topped the charts while their popular PBS specials, "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" and "The Art of the Love Song" have broken records and been nominated for an Emmy. These are true musicians of the highest caliber drawn together by the bonds of family, faith and love for their audience.
About the Annie Moses Foundation
The Annie Moses Foundation has impacted the lives of hundreds of students each year since the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival began in 2003. Students have come from over 30 states, as well as foreign countries to participate in the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival. The Annie Moses Foundation has awarded nearly $300,000 through the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival Scholarship Fund since 2010 and the Conservatory of Annie Moses is pioneering a brand-new paradigm of music education, setting the standard for other programs around the US.
About the Conservatory of Annie Moses
The Conservatory of Annie Moses, a mentor program for aspiring pre-college artists, specializes in solo instruction, commercial music theory, group performance and artist development. Led by the musicians of the Annie Moses Band, the Conservatory nurtures the unique identity of each artist and prepares them for professional level involvement in the world of the arts.
About Governor Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee is the host of the TV show "Huckabee" on TBN each weekend and is a Fox News contributor, NY Times best-selling author of 12 books, and a frequent speaker for corporate, civic, and non-profit groups all over the world. He was the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007, becoming one of the longest serving Governors in his state's history. He ran in 2008 and 2016 for President, finishing 2nd in the Republican primary in 2008.
Governing Magazine named him as one of its "Public Officials of the Year" for 2005, and Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States, the Southern Governors Association, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission. He has been nationally recognized for his advocacy of the arts in education and raises money to provide musical instruments for children. Before entering politics, he was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister and worked for twelve years as a full time pastor.
Huckabee, an avid musician since age 11, is a bass player and often joins guest artists on his weekly television show, having played with Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith, the late George Jones, and many others. He is co-owner of radio stations in Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri. The former governor and his wife, Janet, spend time in Florida and Arkansas and have three grown children - John Mark Huckabee, David Huckabee (married to Lauren) and Sarah Sanders (married to Bryan) - and six grandchildren.